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Wisconsin Residency Requirement for Voter Registration, Question 1 (1976)

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The Wisconsin Residency Requirement for Voter Registration Question was a Wisconsin referendum / legislatively-referred state statute on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This referendum sought the people's approval to allow new state residents to vote 10 days after being in the state.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,017,887 60.63%
No660,87539.37%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1977

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall that portion of chapter 86 of the laws of 1975, relating to the extension of the privilege of voting to qualified persons who are residents of the state for 10 days prior to the date of an election, be adopted?"[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The referendum was placed on the ballot under Ch.85 of the Wisconsin Laws of 1975[2]
  • This referendum was placed on the ballot after a 1972 US Supreme Court ruling stated that the state's previous 6 month residency requirement to vote, instituted in 1966, was unconstitutional.[3]

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